The work of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is to enhance public appreciation for the communities, significant historic and natural resources, and landscapes of the Niagara region. The National Heritage area works through a network of heritage area partners who seek to make interpretive, environmental, economic and social improvements that benefits residents and visitors alike. Where initiative is lacking, the National Heritage Area will fill the gap. In pursuing this mission, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area encourages historic preservation, recreational access and environmental recovery. We value authenticity, cultural diversity, high-quality design, energy efficiency, regional and cross border leadership, open communication and transparent operations.
The flow over the American Falls was stopped completely for several months in 1969. The idea was to determine the feasibility of removing the large amount of loose rock from the base of the falls to enhance it's appearance. In the end the final decision was that the expense would be too great.